Thomas Ayeko

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Thomas Ayeko (born 10 February 1992 in Kapkorosoi, Bukwa District)[1] is a Ugandan long-distance runner. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the 10,000 metres, finishing 16th overall.[2]

His international debut came at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where he came 18th and helped Uganda to the junior bronze team medals.[3] His junior career took off the following year as he was the junior silver medallist behind Geoffrey Kipsang at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships,[4] then won bronze medals in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres at the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships.[5] Ayeko stepped into the senior category in 2012 and began to focus on track running, running a 5000 m best of 13:23.25 minutes for second at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo and a 10,000 m best of 27:43.22 minutes in Birmingham.[6]

After his Olympic debut, he began 2013 on grass and won the Antrim Cross Country before taking second at the Cross de San Sebastián.[7] He placed fourth at the Cinque Mulini a month later.[8] He was runner-up to Peter Kibet at that year's Ugandan 10,000 m championship race and went on to place eleventh at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics with a personal best run of 27:40.96 minutes. He made his half marathon debut at the Great Birmingham Run in October and won the race in a time of 1:02:32 hours.[9] A week later he came third at the Great South Run 10-miler.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Ayeko. London 2012. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  2. ^ "Athletes - Ayeko Thomas Biography". iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Word Cross Country Championships 2010. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  4. ^ Word Cross Country Championships 2011. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  5. ^ African Junior Championships 2011. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  6. ^ Thomas Ayeko. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  7. ^ Duffy, Cóilín (2013-01-12). Ayeko and Britton take the honours in Antrim. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-18.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2013-02-03). Ethiopia's Edris and Godfay take the Cinque Mulini honours. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
  9. ^ Hardman, Dean (2013-10-20). Steel breaks course record, Ayeko makes promising debut in Birmingham. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
  10. ^ Kiplagat and Bett battle strong winds at Great South Run. IAAF (2013-10-27). Retrieved on 2013-10-28.

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